Sometimes the Bible appears to be inconsistent, because there are many voices and perspectives, each with their own culture and backgrounds.For example, Genesis 1 and 2 are inconsistent, but they are written by different schools of thought at different times. One is a spiritual view of creation, and the other a more materialistic teaching. It is hard to sometimes translate spiritual vision into human language, and inconsistencies do appear, along with overlapping cultural teachings, but the overall thread to me, is of man’s redemption and the infinite possibilities open to us all.
I also see boundless opportunities for learning within its pages. All the various personality traits and emotions of mankind are there – jealousy, greed, revenge, anger, fear and so on. Not one of us can say we have never felt any of these emotions, and sometimes acted upon them. However, there is a wonderful thread of spirituality that runs through its pages that lifts us above the weaknesses of the human personality and emotions, and shows us the divine character mirrored in man. It is the very humanity of the Bible, coupled with a deep spirituality, that gives its pages the greatest strength, because when embraced by divinity, even the most awful of us can find redemption, forgiveness and healing. People’s perspectives and mistakes are written about with honesty and unvarnished frankness throughout. The bible also shows those who, even though they may do great things, also make great and terrible mistakes. It teaches forgiveness, patience and the price of not learning life’s lessons well.
It is Jesus’ healing and teaching that fascinate me the most, and from which I learn the most, because they show me that there is much more to this human existence than we think, and because I too have experienced healings.
I don’t pretend to be a Bible scholar, but I love the Bible, (particularly the King James version), for its poetry, simplicity and drama. It urges me to look up words I do not know, challenges me to think in fresh directions and from new perspectives. The Bible is central to my spiritual healing practice as a Christian Scientist, together with Mary Baker Eddy’s seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which explains and teaches me more of the healing message of the Bible.
Try it sometime.